Although his decision came down on Friday, this is the week that has really been the week of Jason Heyward. From the dive on the signing to his introduction to the contract breakdown, it’s been a whole lotta Heyward in the last five days. And that’s just fine by me.
So why not a little more?
If you want to read up on some more Heywarding from just after his introductory press conference, there are a lot of interesting quotes here, here, and here, not all of which were from the press conference, itself.
The most interesting bits in there are probably the comments about why Heyward picked the Cubs over the Cardinals, when he references the ages/imminent departures of various core Cardinals players. It’s especially interesting to note that, just a year or two ago, the Cardinals looked to be set up for a very long time. Trading Shelby Miller for Heyward, and then not retaining Heyward, incidentally, helped narrow that window.
Heyward did an interview on the Spiegel and Goff Show on The Score yesterday, which was pretty excellent listen. The beard comes in for heavy praise. And he believes he’s still learning the game and, for example, more power could come (especially at Wrigley). In general, Heyward is now yet another Cub to whom I just really enjoy listening. He’s a baseball guy, through and through.
There’s also a great video you can watch from MLB Network with an interview of Heyward: